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2012 Bentley Continental GTC - LA Auto Show

by Ross Darby November 2011
  • New engineering technologies mean seamless sheet metal in the bodywork
  • All-new interior makes the new GTC even more luxurious
  • W12 engine features FlexFuel technology, allowing E85 fuel to be used

Since last year, the coupe version of the Continental GT has been the only one running around with an updated face and engine. But, in the City of Angels, Bentley is announcing that the drop-top version of its grand tourer will be getting the facelift as well.

Visually, the GTC gets much of the same updates that the coupe did, with updated headlamps and taillamps, using the latest in lighting technology like LED daytime running lights. The wheels at all corners already start at a massive 20 inches, but can also be upgraded to 21 inches if you feel so inclined. Bentley is also quite proud of the new front fenders, using a new super forming technique that allows the long fenders to be made without any seams through the entire piece of sheet metal.

But as luxury grand tourers go, it's more about what's on the inside that makes them extra special, and the new GTC is no different. The dash has been completely redone, with new soft-touch leather available in any of 17 colors, or six two-tone options. The infotainment has also been upgraded, with a new 30GB navigation system that even integrates with Google Maps to get a true bird's-eye view of the destination. The new "cobra style" front seats provide rear passengers with more legroom over the outgoing model, as well as Bentley's neck warmer system, which pumps warm air over the passengers' necks to keep them warm with the top down, even on brisk nights.

Under the hood is a tweaked version of Bentley's 6-liter W12 engine, massaged to pump out a wonderfully sequential 567 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The real news with this engine, though is that like the coupe, it is a FlexFuel engine and can run on E85 fuel or regular gasoline. Putting the corn-based E85 into the GTC is said to give the engine even more power, but with decreased fuel economy.

The first customer deliveries are going to start shipping out soon, and if you have the means, a new GTC can be ordered today.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: After running around with an updated coupe for a year, Bentley has finally updated the Continental GTC, which bumps the luxury up even higher from the previous model. FlexFuel technology means you can spend the kind of money a Bentley commands, without any extra guilt of hurting the environment.

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